|Copper and Pearl Ex Powdered Pigment Framed Mirror|
I am not sure if I am the first to do this, but I kind of discovered this process by accident. I was trying to do sort of an enameling effect, that didn't exactly turn out. I had a few containers of Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments from Jacquard Products, so I thought that I would give that a try with the same process as copper enameling. Being a total novice at this technique, I really didn't know what it would do, but was really excited about the results that I received! So I had to run out and get myself some more colors of the Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments, because I was on to something really awesome! You can read about all of their products here.
First I have to make some wooden frames.
I like to use pine 1 x's. I like for the frames to be kind of wide so there is more room for decorating. I usually get 1 x 8's or 1 x 10's.
|Frame sections ready to be glued and screwed|
|I use the Kreg Jig to drill my holes to join the frames - it makes things so much easier!|
I buy my copper from Storm Copper Components, you can find it here. I buy the 36 guage 2" wide rolls in the 50' lengths. There is more than enough to do a mirror this size, and I will probably have enough left over to make a smaller mirror too.
|50' Roll of 2", 36 gauge Copper|
|Taking the shine off|
The next part of the process is to apply the Pearl Ex Powder Pigments. I do this by mixing the pigments with A-1 Klyr-fire. I also decide which colors I want to use. Actually, I like to use all the ones that I have, cause that is how I roll! The more colors the better!
|My stash of Pearl Ex Pigments|
Here is a little tip about using the torch on the copper. I swirl the torch around on top of the copper until I can see a pretty rainbow color, then pull it off. This rainbow of color will show through the Pearl Ex and looks really awesome!
With a paint brush I apply this mixture of Pearl Ex and Klyr-fire on the pieces of copper. If it is a nice sunny day I set them out in the sun to dry. The mixture has to be completely dry before you do the next step. Don't ask me how I know that, but I do.....
|Copper drying in the sun|
|I am sure I am not the first to come up with this ingenious idea, but I use an egg crate for mixing the pigments|
|Burning Pearl Ex onto the Copper Pieces|
|Starting to lay out the pieces of Copper|
|Mirror is attached to the back|
|Close up of the Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments Shining|
After all the copper pieces are attached, I apply several coats of poly sealer. On this mirror frame I wrapped the copper over the edges, so after I attach the mirror to the frame I attached a piece of felt, purple of course, to the back to cover any sharp copper edges. This also helps in protecting the wall and your fingers while hanging! I sign my work and it is done!
So what do you think? Has anyone else used the Pearl Ex Pigments in this way?
Here are some of the other Mirror Frames that I had made:
|The technique on this Mirror frame is a little different in this post. On this frame I mixed the Pearl Ex with a Poly Sealer and just painted it on the copper pieces. This was the first Mirror that I Sold!|
|Same Technique as above, but the copper pieces are attached with black upholstery tacks|
|Close up of another design - same technique as this post|
|This frame I used a combination of copper with the Pearl Ex using the torch and Paint mixed with the Pearl Ex Pigments. I also used a wood burning tool to define the different areas.|
|Same techniques as picture above.|
Thanks for looking!